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Minneapolis Public Works - Safe Routes Program


For general information on the City's Safe Routes to School  capital program, contact:

Virginie Nadimi, Associate Transportation Planner, Transportation Planning & Programming, 612-673-5011


For information on signing, striping and traffic operations surrounding schools please contact City of Minneapolis 311, who will be able to forward your request to the appropriate City contact.


 Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Maps are availableWalkingRoutesforYouthMap-cover


Walking Routes for Youth Map  - Pan & Zoom version       Printable 8.5" x 11" Tiled PDFs (English) 

Mobile Version (English) - Track your location on the map with your smart phone or other GPS enabled mobile device

Step 1. Download the FREE Avenza PDF Maps app on your phone or mobile device

Step 2. Download the FREE "Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Map" from the Avenza app store


Printable 8.5" x 11" Tiled PDFs Español

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The City's  Walking Routes for Youth Map will help students and families navigate their neighborhoods in a new way! The paper maps can now be found at schools, park recreation centers, and libraries within Minneapolis. All of these destinations are found on the map, along with a network of routes that connect them all. The maps show the location of traffic signals, pedestrian short cuts, and other improvements that help users cross barriers and get to where they need to go. The mobile version can be accessed using the instructions on this webpage. It allows you to track your current location on the map using a smart phone or other GPS enabled mobile device. It also allows you to add placemarks on the map so that you may set reminders or other notes (ie. "Pick up dry cleaning on Thursday"). 

 Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Map is a collaboration between Minneapolis Public Works and Minneapolis Public Schools. Funding for this effort was received from the Federal Highway Administration through the Minnesota Department of Transportation


School Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Projects (updated December 22, 2017)

Project 2018

Southwest High School Safe Routes – Pedestrian improvements at two intersections.

Projects 2017

Andersen School Safe Routes - Pedestrian improvements at four intersections and a bikeway connection linking the Midtown Greenway with Andersen School and Stewart Park. 

Seward Bicycle Boulevards - Bicycle Boulevard markings and traffic calming improvements along 29th Ave S and 24th St E in the Seward and Longfellow neighborhoods. Bicycle boulevards operate with bicyclists riding in mixed traffic on lower volume residential streets. Crossing improvements are made at higher volume collector and arterial streets in order to provide continuity along bicycle boulevard route. This project will connect three major trails (West River Parkway, Midtown Greenway and Hiawatha LRT Trail) with Seward Montessori School and Stewart Park. Nearby Sullivan and Anishinabe schools might also benefit from these new bicycle facilities. 

Lyndale School Crossings - Crossing improvements at three intersections serving Lyndale School were schedule for the summer of 2016 as part of a City-led and MNDOT grant funded project. These improvements have been delayed until the summer of 2017, and are scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the fall semester 2017. The improvements include curb extensions, pedestrian crossing flashers, improved curb ramps, and crosswalk markings. The improvements are located along two well-utilized walking routes to school that also connect to nearby community destinations.

Projects 2016

Curb Extension at Diamond Lake Rd and Pleasant Ave S - A curb extension was installed at this location to aid with pedestrian crossings at this location along a "Walking Route for Youth". The curb extension was tested with plastic posts for a 30-day period to monitor any potential impacts to traffic operations. The curb extension shortens the crossing distance for pedestrians and improves sight lines along Pleasant Ave S, an important pedestrian and bicycle connection that also crosses Minnehaha Creek one block to the north.

Projects 2015

Lucy Laney School Safe Routes Grant - Pedestrian shelter median at Lowry Ave N & Russell Ave N; decorative traffic calming median on Penn Ave N from 33rd - 34th Ave N; bike racks; updated pedestrian ramps at Queen Ave N & 34th Ave N

29th Ave S Test Closure at Midtown Greenway - Test street closure performed for a Safe Routes to School plan at Seward Montessori


Projects 2014

Johnson Street Curb Extensions - Waite Park School

4th Ave South Curb Extensions - Green Central School

North/NE Minneapolis Crossing Improvements Grant - Speed Bumps at Lucy Laney; Enhanced Crosswalks & Signage at Loring, Lind, NE Middle, and Pillsbury

Enhanced Crosswalk Markings - Lake Harriet Upper, Green Central, Cityview, Waite Park, Sojourner Truth

Projects 2013

Enhanced Crosswalk Markings - Hale, Lake Harriet Upper, Field & Lyndale Schools

Projects 2012

 38th Street Decorative Median - Bancroft School

Projects 2006-2011

Included the installation of pedestrian flashers at 6 schools, a school review program initiated and carried out at all Minneapolis schools, and many signing, striping, and signal timing treatments across the city.

For more info about these past efforts see this document.




Safe Routes to School Gets Kids Walking and Biking

Lyndale School Walking School Bus
Students participate in a Walking School Bus at Lyndale Elementary School


Intervention Description:

In 2006, Mayor R.T. Rybak initiated a Safe Routes strategic planning process with various City departments (Public Works, Health and Police) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). The corresponding report, Minneapolis Safe Routes to School: Helping Minneapolis Youth be Lean and Green, generated recommendations for increasing biking and walking to school and established a strong foundation for City and school district collaboration.

The City and MPS have worked at various levels to support Safe Routes to School. With CPPW funding, MPS provided intensive technical assistance to ten schools (8 elementary, 1 middle, and 1 high school) to help them assess their existing Safe Routes practices and policies and develop a customized plan for increasing biking and walking opportunities for students during the 2011-2012 school year. Through CPPW funding, MPS was also able to purchase two "bike fleets" (a set of 15 bikes, helmets, and locks) plus safety vests, stop paddles, and other supplies to support the newly adopted Safe Routes activities at various school sites.

Schools participating in the CPPW Safe Routes intervention included:

Accomplishments and Results:

All ten schools participated in an interview with MPS staff in order to complete an initial assessment of their Safe Routes to School policies, programs and practices. Staff worked with each school to develop a customized Safe Routes to School Travel Plan with specific goals, action steps, and outcomes related to the 5E's of Safe Routes to School. Schools have worked to implement at least one goal from their Travel Plans during the second half of the 2011-2012 school year including:

CPPW funded the purchase of two "bike fleets" (each including a set of 15 bikes, helmets, locks, and basic maintenance tools). These bike fleets were awarded to a group of 3 collaborating schools in North Minneapolis (Lucy Laney, Nellie Stone Johnson, and Loring schools) as well as 2 collaborating schools in Northeast Minneapolis (Waite Park and Northeast). These schools will use the bike fleets as part of the school day as a non-food reward, for bike safety trainings, and as part of after-school programs and field trips. During the 2012-2013 school year, these schools will also use the bikes to support their participation in a bike/pedestrian curriculum pilot run by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


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Last updated May 2, 2018



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